Green Living Guide


HOW CAN OUR GUESTS HELP?


We’re all encouraged to do our bit for the planet. Whether you’re on a business or a leisure trip it makes perfect sense to stay at a green hotel and join in with us, doing our bit to protect the environment:
 

  • Guests are asked to join in our eco friendly towel and sheet re-use programme, where we wait for the guest to request a change rather than us automatically changing towels and sheets every day.
  • Conference delegates are asked to use a whiteboard instead of a flip chart during conferences to save paper and to hand over any paper waste at the end of the conference for recycling.
  • Guests are reminded that although we harvest rainwater to flush the loos, water is still a precious commodity and unnecessary loo flushing wastes precious harvested water.
  • Guests can remember to turn the tap off whilst brushing their teeth and not over fill the kettle.
  • Guests are asked to turn down the underfloor heating by the thermostat, rather than opening the windows to let the heat escape.
  • Guests are asked to leave any recyclable refuse on the desk in their room, where the housekeeping staff will take to the appropriate recycling bins.


Feel Good in the South West - Seven things you can do to help save the planet


In the South West we are working to become one of the world’s most eco-friendly destinations, but we need your help. We can all reduce our impact on the environment by making choices. As a visitor you have a very important role to play in helping us to conserve our natural assets and become a more sustainable destination.

Here are some ideas on how you can help:


Conserve Energy


Reduce energy by switching off lights and closing windows if heating is on. The Energy Saving Trust provides information on what you can do at home. www.energysavingtrust.org.uk


Give the Car a Rest


Leave the car behind, if only for a day. Walk, cycle or use public transport. We will happily provide you with advice. www.travelinesw.com; www.traveline.org.uk; www.southwestcoastpath.com.


Shop Local


Use local products, they give you a flavour of the area and help support local communities. We are
fortunate to have some fantastic producers of food, drink and arts and crafts. Ask us about local
markets or local and regional produce.


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle


Try to avoid overly packaged goods and say no to that extra carrier bag. You can also support us in our efforts to recycle – please ask staff for more details. www.recyclenow.com


Be Water Wise


The UK has rising costs for water treatment and flood defence so please use water wisely. Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth and adhere to towel policies or other water saving initiatives. www.wessexwater.co.uk/waterefficiency.


Respect Nature


Help us to look after the landscape and wildlife by not littering, guarding against fire and using footpaths and cycle-ways responsibly. Ensure you follow the Countryside Code. www.countrysideaccess.gov.uk.


Support Green Businesses


There are thousands of businesses in the British Isles working to reduce their carbon footprint throughthe Green Tourism Business Scheme. Businesses are awarded Bronze, Silver and Gold for their efforts to be more sustainable. www.green-business.co.uk.


Transport


Here at Winford Manor, it is not easy to avoid arriving by car. However, for those guests who have arrived by public transport and can present a valid bus or train ticket, we will be delighted to take a 10% discount off your room rate.

We operate our own transfer service to the airport for a small fee. We try only to go on the ½ hour, in order to save making several unnecessary journeys with just one guest on board.